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duchess

[duhch-is] /ˈdʌtʃ ɪs/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of a duke.
2.
a woman who holds in her own right the sovereignty or titles of a duchy.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English duchesse < Anglo-French, Old French, feminine derivative of duc duke; see -ess
Related forms
duchesslike, adjective
Usage note
See -ess.
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British Dictionary definitions for duchess

duchess

/ˈdʌtʃɪs/
noun
1.
the wife or widow of a duke
2.
a woman who holds the rank of duke in her own right
verb (transitive)
3.
(Austral, informal) to overwhelm with flattering attention
Word Origin
C14: from Old French duchesse, feminine of ducduke
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Word Origin and History for duchess
n.

c.1300, from Old French duchesse, from Late Latin or Medieval Latin ducissa, fem. of dux (see duke (n.)). Often spelled dutchess until early 19c. (e.g. Dutchess County, New York, U.S.).

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Slang definitions & phrases for duchess

duchess

noun

A female member of a street gang (1950s+ Street gang)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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